¡Vamos al zoo! Let’s go to the zoo! And while we are there, we can identify animals in Spanish. Then we need to go home and practice! The zoo is such a magical place for kids, young and old. Take advantage of the learning opportunities that exist due to their heightened motivation. In this post, I will share some ideas with printables about how to teach the names for zoo animals in Spanish.
- Read Brian Wildsmith Zoo Animals (Spanish edition). It’s colorful, engaging, visually pleasing and is great language preparation for the anticipated visit. It has a “look inside feature,” so go check it out…
- Use these printable cards to cut out and study the animals before your trip to the zoo. Cut them out and use them as flashcards or memory games.
During your visit: (Take pictures of the animals!)
- Have a scavenger hunt. Shuffle the printable cards and whatever order they land in is the order that you get to go see each animal.
- Alternatively, have the cards with you as you wander the course. When you come to an animal being learned in Spanish, have students find the correct identifying card and have them say the animal in Spanish. (I can’t imagine doing a scavenger hunt with kids at our zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. It’s huge!)
- Bring crayons/colored pencils and these drawing sheets. When you visit one of the animals, draw it on the sheet. Or, if a break is needed, have kids relax while drawing and coloring the animals according to label.
Back at home:
- Play a follow-up game of Go Fish with the Animales: Ir de pesca game.
- Use the printable cards to have your child(ren) manually place them in order of favorite to least favorite, largest to smallest, loudest to quietest, or any other ordering technique that has them practicing the Spanish words.
- Look back through the photos you took of the animals and help children identify the Spanish term.